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Red 2018 Château Quintus 75cl £1,050 per case of 12 IB
Red 2018 Château Rauzan Gassies 75cl £480 per case of 12 IB
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Floral,... Read more
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Floral, fresh, lots of cassis fruits, very open and inviting, lots of fruit intensity on the palate but without in any way being overdone. Not a classic Margaux year in many respects but the generosity and fine tannins make this really delicious. Four ticks! RKL "The 2018 Rauzan Gassies is superb. Powerful and savory to the core, the 2018 packs a serious punch. Gravel, tobacco, cedar and grilled herbs add striking aromatic complexity and nuance. Classy and full of personality, the 2018 is one of the finest Rauzan Gassies in recent memory. 92-95 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com "Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Rauzan-Gassies rocks up with flamboyant notions of kirsch, blackberry preserves, warm cassis and Chinese five spice with touches of black tea, red roses and menthol plus a waft of molten chocolate. Medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of ripe, fine-grained tannins and fantastic freshness, it has a solid core of rich fruit, finishing long with perfumed red and black fruit layers. 93-95 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com Close
Red 2018 Château Rouget 75cl £420 per case of 12 IB
"Deeply colored, the 2018 Château Rouget is another impressive Pomerol, which is... Read more
"Deeply colored, the 2018 Château Rouget is another impressive Pomerol, which is a region loaded with impressive wines in 2018. Cassis, black raspberries, white chocolate, and a touch of spicy wood all flow to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully layered, expansive 2018 that has top-notch mid-palate depth, notable purity of fruit, and silky tannins. Give bottles 2-4 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following 10-15. 91-93 points." Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019 "The 2018 Rouget is plush, flamboyant and exotically beautiful. Super ripe black cherry, chocolate, new leather, licorice and cloves are all amped up. Sumptuous fruit and silky, polished tannins add to its considerable appeal. Although not especially subtle, Rouget is very beautiful in 2018. It will appeal most to readers who enjoy big, rich wines. This full-throttle Pomerol is a real star in 2018. Tasted three times. 91-94 points." Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019 "This young wine really sings with a level of purity and precision that I've never seen from here. Medium to full body, ultra fine tannins and beautiful red-berry and floral character at the end. 96-97 points." James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019 Close
Red 2018 Château Saint Pierre 75cl £506 per case of 12 IB
Intense dark black fruits on the nose and palate, open and enjoyable, evidently ... Read more
Intense dark black fruits on the nose and palate, open and enjoyable, evidently the fruit extraction has been carefully controlled. Powerful structure, this vintage makes St Pierre one to watch in future years. RKL "A St-Julien name that I can't recommend highly enough, Château Saint-Pierre 2018 is extremely architectural in feel, a beautiful, confident, masculine, muscled wine with vertical walls - although it's interesting to note it has slightly lower alcohol than some other St-Juliens. It's intense in its black fruit and charcoal character, rippling with tannins. I am full of admiration for this impressive wine that demands your attention. Drinking Window 2027 - 2040. 95 points." Jane Anson, Decanter April 2019 Close
Red 2018 Château Saintayme 75cl £135 per case of 12 IB
After a beautifully pure Merlot nose the palate is structured and ripe but quite... Read more
After a beautifully pure Merlot nose the palate is structured and ripe but quite austere at the moment. Long on the finish and medium-bodied, this should be an elegant and very fine iteration of this super-value St Emilion. RKL "Produced by Denis Durantou of Château L'Eglise Clinet, the 2018 Saintayme is made of 100% Merlot with 30% new oak and 14.5% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, it bursts from the glass with plum preserves, crushed blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries with hints of lavender, unsmoked cigar and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals beautiful freshness and elegance with soft tannins and loads of mineral sparks on the finish. 89-91 points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com "Vibrant ruby in colour, this is a touch austere right now, subdued but rippling with potential. The plump and glossy fruits are good quality and the palate is well structured, with clear lift on the finish. It may be holding back right now but it has a long life ahead. 30% new oak. Harvested between 29 September and 9 October. 3.7pH. Drinking Window 2025-2038. 91 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "This is very perfumed with a firm and solid, stony tannin structure. Lovely, linear line through this. Full and tight at the same time. 92-93 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2018 Château Sénéjac 75cl £122 per case of 12 IB
Barrel sample. Deepest crimson. Dark fruit and crushed rocks. Pure cassis intens... Read more
Barrel sample. Deepest crimson. Dark fruit and crushed rocks. Pure cassis intensity. Quite strict on the palate, the tannins upright and clean-cut giving a restraint that some wines lack in this vintage. Spicy, rounded on the finish. Harmonious and should be approachable early. 16 points" jancisrobinson.com (JH) "The 2018 Sénéjac is powerful, racy and super-expressive. Floral and savory notes add striking shades of nuance to the dark fruit as this gorgeous Haut-Médoc opens in the glass. Pliant and rich in the glass, with striking aromatic top notes Sénéjac is brilliant in 2018. Best of all, it should be a tremendous value.89-91 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com "The purity of the fruit is very pretty with so much blueberry and blackcurrant character. Medium-to full-bodied. Both the acidity and the tannins are bright and fresh. 92-93 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2018 Château Smith Haut Lafitte 75cl £978 per case of 12 IB
"There is a luxurious, languorous feel right from the very first nose here, whic... Read more
"There is a luxurious, languorous feel right from the very first nose here, which continues step for step all the way through the palate. It's a highly impressive wine with an amazing texture - something that is starting to mark Smith Haut Lafitte out every year. Notes of dark chocolate, black cherry and liquorice stretch out through the rich palate, displaying tension and texture. 2% Petit Verdot completes the blend. Harvested 18 September to 10 October. 60% new oak. Drinking Window 2027-2042. 98 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "This is incredibly complex with hazelnut, currant, berry and dried-flower character. The impression of a vat of fermenting cabernet. Full body, round and juicy tannins and a long, soft and silky finish. Shows the essence of the fruit here. Fascinating. Layered and complex. 98-99 points" jamessuckling.com "Composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot aging in 60% new barriques, the very deep purple-black colored 2018 Smith Haut Lafitte is a little shy to begin. With coaxing, it very slowly unfurls to reveal a heart-stopping perfume of violets, red roses, kirsch, black cherries and redcurrant jelly, before giving way to a profound core of warm blackcurrants, blackberry preserves, molten licorice and cinnamon stick with nuances of dried mint, orange blossoms (yes!) and cloves. Full-bodied, the fruit does veritable pirouettes on your palate, both elegant and powerful in its expression, coating the mouth with densely packed red and black fruits while revealing tons of mineral, floral and savory sparks, framed by exquisitely fine-grained tannins and bold freshness, finishing very long. 97-99+ points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com "Checking in as 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot brought up in 60% new French oak, the 2018 Château Smith Haut Lafitte reveals a saturated purple color as well as rock star notes of crème de cassis, blueberries, graphite, crushed rocks, and spice. Deep, profoundly concentrated, beautifully seamless and textured on the palate, it reminds me of the 2009 with its opulent, powerful style. It's a brilliant wine from this terrific estate and up with the top wines in the vintage. Hats off to director Fabien Teitgen who continues to make an elegant yet powerful, uncompromising style of wine. 97-100 points" Jebdunnuck.com Close
Red 2018 Château Sociando Mallet 75cl £300 per case of 12 IB
"A beautiful rich damson colour, this is powerful, intense, classic Sociando - a... Read more
"A beautiful rich damson colour, this is powerful, intense, classic Sociando - and for me it's even better than the 2016. It has good tannins, and lots of them, with a core of plum, damson and cassis with a side of fresh herbs, liquorice and subtle spice. It shows great persistency. A wine to look out for. Drinking Window 2024 - 2038. 94 points." Jane Anson, Decanter.com April 2019. "There is fantastic purity of black fruit with blackberries and ripe raspberries. Floral and bright. Full-bodied, compact palate with super polished tannins. Really fantastic. 94-95 points." James Suckling, jamessuckling.com April 2019. Close
Red 2018 Château Talbot 75cl £517 per case of 12 IB
Very pretty red fruit and good intensity on the nose; fruit-led entry on the pal... Read more
Very pretty red fruit and good intensity on the nose; fruit-led entry on the palate with fresh acidity and subtly firm structure. So finely-balanced and with wonderful finesse, it is clearly a powerful wine, yet it is a supremely elegant Talbot and its weight and potential longevity really only become apparent in the super-long finish. RKL "The 2018 Talbot is super-refined and nuanced from start to finish. Powerful yet also impeccably refined. Talbot is a wine of real character and glass. Savory Cabernet Sauvignon inflections of grilled herbs, cedar, tobacco, menthol, licorice and coffee all add shades of nuance. At times, Talbot can be a bit light. Not in 2018. Simply put, the 2018 Talbot is stellar. Tasted two times. 91-94 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com "A great St-Julien that reflects the estate more than the vintage - a definite compliment to the winemaking team as well as those 50-year-old (on average) vines that are less swayed by climatic changes. This is full of blackberry and bilberry, with a touch of tobacco on the nose. There's good sweetness to the fruit, and although it's not quite as punchy, deep or concentrated as some, this means that it has a beautifully balanced appellation signature. 45hl/ha yield. 60% new oak. Drinking Window 2027-2040. 94 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "This estate is on a roll and the 2018 Château Talbot might just be the best yet. A deep purple/blue color is followed by a mammoth-sized bouquet of crème de cassis, dark chocolate, tobacco, and lead pencil. Rich, full-bodied, and powerful, it nevertheless stays pure, balanced, and elegant, with a beautiful finish. Its tannins are ripe and integrated, it has balancing acidity, and this is unquestionably another beautiful vintage for this estate. 93-95 points" Jebdunnuck.com "Very attractive core of pretty fruit and polished yet chewy tannins. Medium to full body, integrated tannins and a driven finish. One of the best Talbots in a long time. 94-95 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2018 Château Troplong Mondot 75cl £918 per case of 12 IB
"The 2018 Troplong Mondot is blended of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2... Read more
"The 2018 Troplong Mondot is blended of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc, with 14.5% alcohol and a pH of 3.56. Deep garnet-purple in color, it begins slowly with bold, bright black raspberries, ripe black plums, fresh blackberries and Morello cherries notes, giving way to underlying scents of tobacco, wild sage, Sichuan pepper, black olives, truffles and Marmite toast with hints of crushed stones and iron ore. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers wonderfully fresh, energetic black fruit with a downright racy line of freshness (uncommon for this vintage) and firm, rounded tannins, finishing long with lots of mineral, earth and dried herbs layers giving beautiful electric sparks. 93-95+ points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com "Deeper colored, the 2018 Troplong Mondot is a blend of 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc brought up in 60% new French oak. Its vivid purple color is followed by a beautiful perfume of black raspberries, cassis, crushed flowers, and beautiful earthy minerality. Medium to full-bodied, ultra-pure, balanced on the palate, it has a beautiful chalky minerality on the finish. While the style has changed dramatically with the arrival of Aymeric de Gironde, the quality is nevertheless world-class. 94-96 points" Jebdunnuck.com "The 2018 Troplong Mondot is a remarkable wine. All the elements fall into place in a stunning, aromatically intense Troplong Mondot that is full of character. There is a level of precision and vibrancy in the 2018 that is simply breathtaking. Black cherry, raspberry, mocha, flowers, mint and spice all meld together in this captivating, arrestingly beautiful Saint-Émilion. New oak is 60%, with lower toast levels than what was common just a few years ago. The blend is 85% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc. 94-97 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com "One of the stories of the 2018 vintage in Bordeaux was Troplong Mondot bringing in its first grapes on 7 September. Proof, many suggested, of director Aymeric de Gironde going too far in his quest to rewrite Troplong's powerful style. It certainly made me excited to try this wine, and I hope the sceptics were too, because this is a brilliant Troplong. Oh, and although around 80% of the grapes did come in during those first 10 days, the final harvest date was 10 October. There's clear depth just in the colour alone, and impressive complexity on the nose. There's still a whole lot of Troplong strength and concentration here, you can't get away from that with these clay and flint over limestone soils, but now it is softer, with more minerality. The relatively high alcohols are apparent in the texture but not as heat. I love the persistency here, as it drags things out in the most delicious of ways, with a slate and white pepper finish. Of the new vineyards bought (4ha from Clos Labarde and 6ha from Bellisle Mondotte), everything is in the second wine this year. The château will probably ask for some sections to be included in the grand vin in the next classification in 2022. 3.56pH. Thomas Duclos consults. Drinking Window 2027-2042. 97 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "The focus to this wine sets a new standard for Troplong Mondot with density and minerality that I have not encountered for decades. Lots of slate and white-pepper character. Tight and very dense. Full body. Balanced. Wild mineral character and freshness here. Precise. 97-98 points" jamessuckling.com Close
Red 2018 Château Vray Croix de Gay 75cl £600 per case of 12 IB
"Very tight and focused with ultra fine tannins that are polished and beautiful.... Read more
"Very tight and focused with ultra fine tannins that are polished and beautiful. Medium body. Fresh finish. 93-94 points" jamessuckling.com April 2019 "The 2018 Vray Croix de Gay is sensual, open-knit and inviting. Rose petal, mint, lavender and spice add striking aromatic presence to a refined, sensual Pomerol that hits all the right notes. Beautifully persistent and layered, Vray Croix de Gay is absolutely gorgeous. This is an especially nuanced, understated style. 93-96 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com Close
Red 2018 Domaine de Chevalier 75cl £325 per case of 6 IB
Red 2018 Domaine de Chevalier 75cl £650 per case of 12 IB
"This wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot... Read more
"This wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot to be aged for approximately 18 months in oak barriques, 35% new. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Domaine de Chevalier starts a little closed before bounding out of the glass with bold expressions of fresh blackcurrants, kirsch, black raspberries and fragrant earth plus nuances of lilacs, Sichuan pepper and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, the palate maintains elegance and sophistication, with a lovely ripe, finely grained frame and plenty of freshness to back up the floral and black fruit layers, finishing long and perfumed. 94-96+ points" Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert.Parker.com "These guys clearly know what they are doing, and they keep doing it. This wine is consistent even in difficult years but in years like this, where they have the room to manoeuvre, it really shines. This is great stuff, with lovely freshness to the deep fruit flavours. There is persistency and plenty of slate and freshly cut herbs to stack up against the juicy, concentrated fruit. It's a powerful, well handled and confident wine but doesn't push too hard. One-third new oak. Drinking Window 2027-2040. 96 points" Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine "The 2018 Domaine de Chevalier is magnificent. Bright, lifted and wonderfully nuanced, the 2018 has so much to offer. Olivier Bernard turned out a dazzling Domaine de Chevalier in 2018 that speaks to precision and nuance above all else. Rose petal, mint, savory herbs and crushed rocks add striking aromatic top notes to this stunning, breathtakingly beautiful wine. The tannins need time to soften, but I doubt readers will be in a rush. The 2018 is simply majestic - that's all there is to it. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Tasted three times. 94-97 points" Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com "Possibly one of the finest wines ever to come from the Bernard family's flagship estate near Léognan, the 2018 Domaine de Chevalier checks in as a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot that hit 13.5% alcohol and will spend 18 months in just 35% new French oak. Its saturated purple/plum color is followed by a mammoth bouquet of cassis, black currants, gravelly earth, smoked herbs, and tobacco. Full-bodied, deep, brilliantly balanced, and seriously concentrated, it has polished tannins, no hard edges, and a finish that won't quit. It's a heavenly Graves that will keep for 30+ years. 96-98 points" Jebdunnuck.com "Wow. I can't get over the pureness of fruit in this wine with so much currant, tar and wet-earth character. Flowers, too. So aromatic. Full body, yet pureness and brightness of fruit. Layered. Incredible depth and beauty. 65 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 30 per cent merlot and 5 per cent petit verdot. Greatest ever? 99-100 points" jamessuckling.com Close

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